REDMOND, OR -- Friday the 13th was bad luck for one alleged car thief in Redmond. A construction worker at the SW Canal Blvd Reconstruction Project reported seeing a suspicious man looking in the windows of a minivan near SW 25th and Canal, then drive away in the vehicle. Redmond Police talked with the van's owner and confirmed it was stolen at about 8:45 Friday morning.
Officers caught up with the van about an hour later after a witness reported seeing it run a stop sign at SW Wickiup Ave. and Helmholtz. RPD says the driver would not pull over and accelerated to over 50 mph in a residential area. Pursuing officers called off the chase for safety reasons.
Ten minutes later, another officer observed the van in a McDonald's drive-thru. The driver again took off, this time driving over spike strips and hitting one police car. Officers again terminated the pursuit based on the suspect's reckless driving on Highway 97 and concerns over the public's safety.
Police spotted the van again a few minutes later, on SW Canal, with four deflated tires. With the tires coming apart, the van was nearly driving on the steel wheels. Officers followed until the van became disabled near SW Timber and 21st Street. Once stopped, police say the driver did not obey commands to exit the vehicle. A K9 officer assisted in arresting 53-year-old David Giovanini, because police say he continually failed to follow commands. He suffered a dog bite on his leg and scratches to his face from making contact with the road; Giovanini was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
He now faces numerous charges, including Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving and Theft of a Vehicle.